Medical Robotics

Mind Control Wheelchair

Posted 24 Jul 2003 at 02:10 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

If you're an evil genius, a mind control device would be a nice item to have. However, a mind control wheelchair would be good if you're a quadriplegic evil genius. New Scientist says that researchers in Switzerland and Spain have made just such a made a robotic wheelchair that is steered by human thoughts. What's cool is this device doesn't require an icky brain tap, just a sensor cap you wear. The pilot puts on an electrode-lined skull cap and based on trained thought patterns can control the wheelchair left, right, or straight. It takes about two days to train the wheelchair based on thoughts. The wheelchair also has infrared proximity detectors to keep itself from running into walls. This wheelchair could be a Godsend for those who have little or no use of their muscles but still want to get around. Egads! my evil genius side is trying to imagine what else could be controlled with a mind control device.

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